BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is proud to announce the winner of the Black History Month bus wrap competition, an inspiring celebration of diversity, heritage and artistic talent.

Selected from a pool of exceptionally talented artists, Daemen University student Amani Fanning’s winning piece pays homage to the rich contributions of African American culture and celebrates The Criterion Newspaper and The Colored Musicians Club, a historic Black landmark in Western New York.

The vibrant artwork will be prominently displayed on two NFTA buses and shelters throughout the city of Buffalo serving as a moving canvas that brings Black history to life.

 

NFTA Executive Director Kim Minkel expressed enthusiasm about the project saying, “Amani’s creation beautifully captures the essence of The Colored Musicians Club and serves as a testament to the rich contributions its made to the city since 1917. This bus is more than just art; it promotes awareness of Black history and fosters a sense of unity and understanding among our riders and our entire community.”

 

The event included remarks from NFTA officials, along with partners from the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and the Colored Musicians Club. We look forward to sharing this exciting celebration of Black History Month and the creative talents within our community!

 

About the NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail, and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium-sized airports in North America.

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is thrilled to announce the winner of the Black History Month bus wrap competition. The selected design by Daemen University student Amani Fanning pays homage to the rich contributions of African American culture and celebrates a historic Black landmark here in Western New York!

  • Date -Thursday, February 1
  • Time-10:15 a.m.
  • Location-181 Ellicott Street

 Join us for the momentous occasion as we showcase the winning design with a special performance by players from The Colored Musicians Club! The event will include remarks from NFTA officials, the talented artist behind the winning design, and a brief ceremony unveiling the bus wrap. We look forward to sharing this exciting celebration of Black History Month and the creative talents within our community!

BUFFALO, N.Y.- An NFTA-Metro bus was involved in a fatal crash that took place around 10:55 A.M. Tuesday.

A Metro bus (route 23) was traveling southbound on Fillmore Ave near Kensington Ave when a Volvo s80 traveling northbound spun into oncoming traffic. The vehicle and bus collided, and the driver of the Volvo succumbed to his injuries. Four people on the bus, including the bus operator and a minor, were transported to area hospitals and are being treated for injuries.

The incident is currently under investigation.

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is restoring limited bus and rail service following the temporary suspension.

The decision to restore services follows a thorough assessment of weather conditions and the commitment to ensuring safe and reliable public transportation. We are asking Paratransit riders to reschedule service if possible.

 Because of the unpredictable nature of the storm, service disruptions may continue for longer than expected.

NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor the situation and update any changes via social media and on Meto’s website metro.nfta.com.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is rescheduling its Game Day Express Service to Monday, January 15. The change is in response to the weather-related changes affecting the Bills Wild Card Game, prioritizing the safety of all employees and fans.

Given the unpredictability of lake effect snow, the decision to reschedule ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for fans.

The NFTA extends its sincere thanks to our riders for their understanding during these circumstances. We remain committed to delivering an exceptional trip on game day. A reminder that space is limited, so please arrive as early as possible.

Updated scheduling information for Game Day Express can be found at https://metro.nfta.com/schedules/game-day-express .

BUFFALO, N.Y.- In response to current weather conditions, safety, NFTA Metro announces the temporary suspension of bus, paratransit and rail services throughout Erie and Niagara Counties beginning at 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

Service will resume Sunday, January 14th, at 9:00 a.m.

Due to the severity of the storm, we are asking Paratransit riders to reschedule Sunday service if possible.

This precautionary measure is taken to ensure the safety of our passengers, operators, and the community at large during adverse weather conditions. Because of the unpredictable nature of the storm, service disruptions may continue for longer than expected.

NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor the situation and update any changes via social media and on Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Ellicott Street will undergo closure between Eagle Street and North Division from 6 A.M. to 7 P.M. January 20-21.

To ensure smooth transit operations, passengers are advised to take note of the following changes:

  • Entrance and Waiting Location Routes 6, 8, 14, 16, 24, & 42 will reroute via Washington Street and will not serve Ellicott Street between S. Division and Clinton Street. Routes 1, 2, 4, 40, 60, & 77 will not stop at the Metropolitan Transportation Center (181 Ellicott St.) The last inbound stop will be at Washington & S. Division. The first outbound stop will be at Main and N. Division.

 

The NFTA appreciates the understanding and cooperation of its valued riders during this period. For more information, visit https://metro.nfta.com/.

BUFFALO, N.Y.-In an effort to enhance public transportation infrastructure, Metro Rail will implement extended single tracking starting Sunday, January 7.

 

Underground Single Tracking:

Location: University to Amherst Stations

Schedule: All day Sunday -Saturday

Duration: Approximately five weeks

 

Above Ground Single Tracking:

Location: Fountain Plaza to Canal Side Stations

Schedule: Sunday – Thursday after 9 p.m.

Duration: 3-4 months

 

This work addresses crucial maintenance and upgrades, ensuring a seamless and safe travel experience for our riders.

 

“We understand the impact this may have on our commuters, and we appreciate their patience during this necessary phase of development," said James Morrell Director of Public Transit. “These improvements are integral to the long-term reliability, safety and efficiency of the Metro Rail System.”

 

Riders are encouraged to visit https://metro.nfta.com/schedules/rail-renewal for detailed scheduling information. Signage will be posted in all impacted stations.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is thrilled to announce its annual holiday food drive with FeedMore WNY saw record donations this year!  

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the City of Good Neighbors, the NFTA collected 1,050 pounds of canned goods and non-perishables between the Buffalo Airport Firehouse and the Metro Customer Center.

This helped provide meals for over 870 WNY families and more than doubled what was donated last year.

“FeedMore WNY is deeply grateful for our friends from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Their annual partnership through their holiday food drive and their support all year long makes an incredible difference as we work to provide nourishment, hope and brighter futures to our Western New York Community members of all ages experiencing food insecurity,” said Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY.

The NFTA looks forward to continuing its partnership with FeedMore WNY to ensure our neighbors in need have nutritious food and assist community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties.

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is pleased to invite the public to join us for a fun and festive event featuring the Akron High School Santa Marching Band!

Prepare to be captivated as the band takes center stage at 181 Ellicott St in a free concert that promises to spread holiday cheer throughout the community.  

On December 15, at 8:15 a.m., attendees will have the opportunity to witness the passion and dedication of these young musicians as they showcase their talent embracing the holiday spirit!

As we continue to collect non-perishables for FeedMore WNY, the NFTA encourages media professionals to join us for a morning filled with music, joy, and the magic of the season!

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. –Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with FeedMore Western New York to launch a collaborative Holiday Food Drive.

 

In the spirit of giving and community support, NFTA and FeedMore WNY have joined forces to address the increasing needs of local families during the holiday season. This partnership aims to alleviate hunger and bring warmth to households facing food insecurity.

 

NFTA Executive Director Kim Minkel, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, saying, "Our commitment to the community goes beyond transportation. By partnering with FeedMore WNY, we hope to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those facing challenges, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the holiday season with the nourishment they need."

 

The Holiday Food Drive kicks off today and will continue through December 20th. To help make the season brighter for those in need, canned goods and non-perishable donations can be dropped at the following locations:

  • NFTA Metro Customer Center, Downtown Bus Station, 181 Ellicott Street (14203)
  • Buffalo Airport Fire House, 120 Amherst Villa Rd. (14225)

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.  This hearing will be held at the office of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, first-floor conference room, Metropolitan Transportation Center, Buffalo, New York, located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York. 

 

In order for the hearing to be conducted in an orderly manner and to assure maximum public participation, those who wish to speak should register with the Authority by December 4, 2023.  Please provide your name, address, email address, telephone number and name of organization (if applicable) to NFTA: 

 

Email:  budget.2425@nfta.com 

Phone:  (716) 855-7300 (ext. 7238) 

 

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment and testimony on the proposed operating and capital budgets for NFT Metro System, Inc. for the fiscal year ending 2025. 

 

NFTA will afford the opportunity for all interested persons to be heard.  Evidence and comments may be submitted orally or in writing. 

 

Copies of the NFT Metro System, Inc. budget will be available on November 27, 2023, at the Buffalo and Erie County Main Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York and at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, New York. 

 

This document will be available for examination at the offices of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Second Floor, Metropolitan Transportation Center, Buffalo, New York, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from November 27 through December 6, 2023. 

 

This budget document will be available electronically on the NFTA website:  www.nfta.com 

 

To facilitate an orderly procedure during the public hearing, the following rules will be in effect: 

 

  1. Those who wish to speak must file their registrations with the offices of the Authority by December 4, 2023. 
  1. Any individual may speak on the subject of the meeting for themselves or, if authorized in writing, for any group, organization, committee, association or firm.  Any speaker representing more than one civic group, organization, club, or association will be permitted to speak on behalf of all organizations represented. 
  1. Each speaker must limit their oral presentation to five (5) minutes.  Speakers will be allowed to use their time to the best advantage without interruption.  The presiding officer may ask a speaker for clarification at any time.  Relinquishing of time from one speaker to another will not be permitted. 
  1. A prepared statement may be submitted in writing by December 7, 2023, via email to: budget.2425@nfta.com or U.S. Mail to: NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York 14203, Attn: Dawn Skimmer.  
  1. If maps, charts, or visual aids are to be used at the public hearing, the speaker must make all arrangements, however, the Authority’s staff will assist to the extent possible. 
  1. The Metropolitan Transportation Center is accessible to disabled individuals and NFTA will provide an interpreter for the deaf and/or hearing impaired upon request (if notified by December 4, 2023). 

After all registered speakers have been heard, the presiding officer will allow additional oral statements by other persons in attendance between 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

BUFFALO, N.Y.- As part of its ongoing study of Paratransit Access Line (PAL) service , NFTA-Metro invites interested individuals to attend one of two upcoming public meetings.

During the meeting, NFTA-Metro and its consultants will describe the study and ask for input on potential service expansion opportunities. Current PAL riders, residents of Erie and Niagara counties who have unmet transportation needs, caregivers, and advocates are encouraged to attend.

The goal is to find opportunities to improve quality, increase efficiency, and enhance the customer experience. The study is also evaluating the costs and feasibility of potential service area expansion.

A virtual meeting will be held via Zoom at 1 p.m. on December 13, 2023. An in-person meeting will take place at the Schiller Park Senior Citizen Center, 2057 Genesee Street at 6 p.m. on December 14, 2023. Both meetings will be 90 minutes and ASL interpreting services will be provided.

This study was made possible by the support of Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator Tim Kennedy, and the Western New York delegation.

For more information, visit  www.nftametroparatransitstudy.com .

BUFFALO, N.Y.,- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), in collaboration with the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, is seeking local artists to submit proposals for art that will be showcased on NFTA-Metro busses in honor of Black History Month. The theme is “Black History of Western New Yorkand artists are encouraged to be creative and inspiring. Images should be eye-catching, engaging, colorful and should be reflective of “Black History of WNY. Submitted artwork can be new or existing. Upon selection, the Grand Prize winner will be paid a flat fee of $1,500 for their artistic contribution. Due date for the artwork is Friday, December 1, 2023

 

Project Specifications

The ability to create and submit high-quality digital files is required.
Artwork is to be designed for full-color digital image for printing on vinyl to be applied on an NFTA-Metro bus.
The selected artist can create the imagery in any medium, but the artwork must be submitted using these applications and file types:
Adobe CC or illustrator (ai|eps|pdf) CMYK
InDesign (indd|pdf) CMYK Photoshop (psd|eps|) CMYK
If the image includes fonts, they must be outlined within the artwork.
All layout files must be packaged and bundled to include all linked images and fonts.

 

The final selection will be made by a committee chosen by NFTA. Selected artist will be able to provide any revisions for reproduction.Other artist’s work may be used on NFTA’s social media platforms. All copyrights reserved for NFTA.

 

Submission Requirements

Artists are required to submit the following for consideration(Maximum of 2 designs):

1. Name
2. Address
3. Phone
4. Email
5. Title of image
6. Description of proposed artwork
7. Bio, social media link, website
8. Submitted using: Adobe CC or illustrator (ai|eps|pdf) CMYK/ InDesign (indd|pdf) CMYK Photoshop (psd|eps|) CMYK
9. Save file as: firstname_lastname_NFTA_BHM_Proposal.jpg(jpeg)
10. Send to ally@discoverniagara.org

 

Timeline

The deadline for submissions is December 01, 2023, by midnight. Beginning December 4, 2023 submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee from the NFTA. The winner will be notified of their submission status by December 8, 2023. *NFTA reserves the right to refuse any inappropriate content.

 

Contact

For general inquires or questions regarding this Call for Artists, please contact:

Email subject (NFTA BHM)

Ally Spongr

ally@discoverniagara.org

Phone: 716- 300-8477

 

The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is partnering with the NFTA to assist with the planning and implementation of the Black History Month Art Project. Thousands will see this piece of art as it will grace the streets of Western New York. Within this space, there is an opportunity to contribute positively to the daily experience of the many people who utilize the NFTA-Metro services. By creating a vibrant and inspiring artwork for our bus, we hope to generate feelings of pride. Subsequently, the addition of this piece of work will continue to expand the growth of NFTA-Metro’s public art experiences and to spotlight local artists.

 

 

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is announcing a significant change to its fare collection system set to take effect on November 1st, 2023. The NFTA will activate fare gates on the Metro Rail, making way for MetGo, its contactless payment solution.

The decision to activate the fare gates marks a pivotal moment in the NFTA's commitment to modernizing and streamlining the public transportation experience for all. MetGo provides an enhanced convenience for riders as an additional way to pay.

Key changes include:

Fare Gates- Valid payment is required to enter and exit below ground stations. All below -ground transit gates will activate November 1st.

Child Fares- Children 9 and under ride free with a paying adult up to 3 children.

Day Passes- Day passes will no longer be sold on the bus. Using stored value on your MetGo account will ensure users get the best value, never paying more than $5 per day.

Reduced Fare Cards-Reduced fare passengers must have an official NFTA-Metro issued reduced fare card to get a discount. Cards can be picked up at the customer service center at 181 Ellicott Street Buffalo N.Y. 

To prepare for this transition, riders can expect to see educational materials, station staff available to answer questions, and signs to help them navigate. The NFTA is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community by offering reliable and sustainable public transportation.

For more information, riders can visit https://metgo.nfta.com/ or contact Metro Customer Care from 7:00 A.M- 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday at (716) 855-7211.



Buffalo, New York – CLEAR (NYSE: YOU), the secure identity company, today announced it is launching its identity verification technology at Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s (BUF) Main Terminal, bringing frictionless and predictable travel experiences to Upstate New York. CLEAR’s launch at BUF is expected to create 28 jobs and generate approximately $1.5 million annually in local economic impact.

 

"We are thrilled to be the first airport in Upstate New York to offer this new service," said Kim Minkel, Executive Director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. "Now, our travelers can maximize their time at the airport prior to their flight."

 

“CLEAR is thrilled to deliver an even more seamless travel experience to passengers Upstate, and it's an honor to partner with NFTA and create more jobs for Buffalo while we're at it," said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker. "We are proud to grow our footprint in this wonderful state we call home."

 

“I am pleased to welcome CLEAR to Western New York, and the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport,” said City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “CLEAR will not only bring jobs and investment to our region, but is an important amenity for travelers from near and far who frequent our airport.”

 

Today’s launch represents continued growth in CLEAR’s national footprint, where it serves a total of 54 airports and over 17 million members. CLEAR already serves 8 of BUF’s top 10 domestic destinations, allowing members traveling through BUF to use CLEAR on both ends of their journey. Members use CLEAR’s network of dedicated lanes to verify their identity with their eyes or fingers, replacing the need to take out their wallet and driver’s license. After verification, a CLEAR Ambassador escorts members through the dedicated lane and directly to TSA physical security, saving them time waiting in line at the security checkpoint.

 

CLEAR Plus – an opt-in membership that provides access to CLEAR’s expedited identity verification lanes – costs about $16 a month billed annually, with preferred pricing available for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and American Express members. Newly enrolling active military, veterans, and government officials are also eligible for discounted memberships, and additional family members can be added to an existing CLEAR Plus account for just $70 per adult per year.

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is continuing progress to renew its rail system with construction on Main Street and Court Street beginning Wednesday, September 20.

 Drivers should avoid the area and bus routes 1,2,4,69,70, and 72 will be rerouted, affecting stops between Main and Franklin.

Crews are replacing track beds, which will lessen the need for single tracking, improving safety and overall efficiency for passengers.

Additionally, electrical components will be replaced underground on September 23,24,30, and October 1. The Metro Rail will only operate between University and Delevan Stations on those days. Riders must transfer to a bus shuttle at Delavan Station. 

This work is imperative and when completed, will allow for the use of a fourth rail car to alleviate congestion. 

 “There’s a lot of work to be done here and we appreciate the patience of our riders," said James Morrell Director of Public Transit. “Crews have done a great job and I think this is the beginning of our rail system becoming a part of Buffalo’s renaissance. I’m excited for the future.”

 

This phase of construction is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of October. 

Riders can visit https://metro.nfta.com/schedules/rail-renewal for detailed scheduling information.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills are back for the season and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is ready to get you to a game!

The NFTA’s Game Day Express returns this year with dedicated stops so fans from all over Western New York can enjoy a hassle-free trip to Highmark Stadium.

New this year, the award-winning service will make its way to the Niagara Falls Transit Center and now features a newly designed bus in its fleet that fans can easily spot on the express route.

“We’re excited to bring the Game Day Express back for the 2023-2024 Bills season in Orchard Park, “said NFTA Director of Public Transit James Morrell. “Last year we brought an average of 175 riders per game helping to alleviate traffic near the stadium. Our goal is to ensure that everyone can experience a home game by removing transportation barriers so fans and workers can support the team in person.”

 

This is a special service ride so customers must have exact change or use Token Transit. MetGo fare capping does not apply.  The cost for a one-way trip is $5.

 For a list of stops and schedules, visit metro.nfta.com.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

BUFFALO, N.Y. – An accessible and inclusive communication device is making its way to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The Frontier Transit Authority is partnering with People Inc. and Deaf Access Services to add a new state-of- the-art Sorenson video phone, at the airport. The goal is to help meet the growing needs of Deaf and non-verbal travelers.

The unit has a high-quality video screen and a high-speed internet connection to make it easier for travelers who need help communicating over the phone. It provides visual communication assistance with another Deaf person, or with a hearing person via an interpreter-assisted Video Relay Service. This is the second device at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

“I am thrilled we all came together to provide communication access to meet the needs of all people, who travel through Buffalo, New York. This gives us the opportunity to make Buffalo a more accessible city for travelers,” said David Wantuck, Community Engagement Specialist at Deaf Access Services.

Sorenson, the leading global language services provider of inclusive communication technology for Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and diverse people, currently provides Lumina videophones at both the Niagara Falls International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. This new device will be near baggage claim providing Deaf travelers with a way to call ride sharing services or family and friends’ pre-security.

"Human connection is more than simply moving people from one place to another,” said Sorenson CEO Jorge Rodriguez. “It’s about ensuring every traveler can communicate seamlessly. Today, we take a significant step toward bridging the communication gap at Buffalo Niagara International Airport through our collaboration with People Inc. and Deaf Access Services to connect beyond words."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

BUFFALO, N.Y. –The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Parks Adventure Bus is back on the road and ready to give passengers a ride into Fall fun!  

The NFTA will offer free bus service to the 23rd Annual Fall Festival on September 16th at Reinstein Woods and September 30th at Como Park.

Guests can catch a free ride to experience the premier festival that celebrates all things nature with craft for kids, live animals, delicious treats, and hands-on activities!

Trips depart from 181 Ellicott on select Saturdays at the following times:

Trip Times

9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM

Departing from the parks:

12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM

The NFTA is grateful to the New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Erie County Parks Department, the Department of Environmental Conservation and Senator Tim Kennedy for their continued partnership helping  provide access to Erie County’s beautiful natural resources.

Lat year, the Parks Adventure Bus connected more than 550 Western New Yorkers to area parks. Special service will also run for Santa Land at Chestnut Ridge Park on December 16. For more information, visit Parks Adventure Bus.

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is providing riders with a new way to pay.

Customers can now download the MetGo app, which works on an account-based system. Riders can load money on the app and use it to pay the fare for Metro services system-wide.

Benefits include ease of access as well as fare capping which ensures riders won’t pay more than $5 a day no matter how much they ride the bus or rail.

“Making public services as easy to access as possible is a top priority for us,” said James Morrell, Director of Public Transportation, NFTA. “The launch of this app marks a major milestone as we enter into implementing this new state-of-the-art fare collection system.” 

The Metgo app is now available on both iPhone and Android platforms.

Riders who do not have access to a smartphone can purchase a reloadable MetGo card for only $2.00 at the NFTA’s customer service center at 181 Ellicott Street. Cards are also available for purchase at participating 7-Eleven, Walgreens, and Walmart stores.

For more information regarding the new fare system, riders can visit https://metgo.nfta.com/ or contact Metro Customer Care from 7:00 A.M- 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, at (716) 855-7211.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is pleased to announce that the first phase of construction on the primary runway at Buffalo Niagara International Airport is now complete.

 

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our crew, runway 5-23 is now ready for use as of Friday September 1 and residents should see flight patterns returning to normal.

 

These renovations were integral to maintaining industry safety standards and part of planned preventative maintenance. 

 

Those involved in the project worked diligently to minimize impact on travelers and area residents and we appreciate the publics’ patience while we made improvements.

 

The next steps of reconstruction will be broken down into two parts. Work on the southwest end of the runway will happen early fall of 2024 and taxiway construction will begin summer of 2025.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BUFFALO, N.Y- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is teaming up with Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club for a special event before the Run the Runway 5k!

The NFTA is inviting media and community members to attend a Terminal Trot on Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Niagara Falls International Airport.

Children from the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club will have the chance to race around exploring the state-of-the-art terminal and prepare for the Kids Fun Run on the 26th!

“The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club is excited to bring our kids out for an additional day at the airport,” said Rebecca Vincheski Chief Executive Officer of the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club.  “It’s a great opportunity for them to get familiar with the airport and staff before the big race!

Registration for the Runway 5k is still open. Participants can sign up online at runsignup.com.

The inaugural race attracted approximately 400 runners, who had the rare opportunity to walk, jog or run a 5K on a course that provided open vistas of the airfield and terminal.

Free parking will be available in airport lots. Participants are encouraged to carpool. The NFIA is located at 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Unique opportunity for all to run, jog, or walk on an airport runway

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is pleased to welcome runners, joggers and walkers back to the Niagara Falls International Airport for another year of racing for a cause! 

The Niagara Falls International Airport will once again host the Calspan Run the Runway 5K race on its 10,825-foot-long runway and adjoining taxiways Saturday August 26 at 9:00 am.

A special Kids Runway ½ mile take-off will be held from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. for children 12 years & under using a modified course. This year, the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club will receive a portion of the net proceeds from the race.

“Everyone at the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club is thrilled to Collaborate with the NFTA for the 2023 Run the Runway 5k event,” said Rebecca Vincheski Chief Executive Officer of the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club.  “Not only will our kids experience a fun and exciting kids run at the airport but the proceeds of the 5k will go directly to supporting the 716 United Basketball program.  The 716 United program is critical to the City of Niagara Falls.  It doesn’t just provide the ability to learn and train for the sport of basketball.  The coach’s ability to teach and develop skills on the court, while focusing on health & life skills, career development and commitment to education off the court provides kids and teens with a program that focuses on the whole child – not just the sport.”

 

Registration for the race is now open. For pricing and registration information, visit runsignup.com. Free parking will be available in the airport lots and food and beverages will be served during a post-race party . The Niagara Falls International Airport is located at 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY.

Rail Renewal is Underway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will start construction near the 400 block of Main Street and Church Street beginning Thursday July 13.

 

Drivers are asked to avoid the area as crews are replacing the rail, track bed, and catenary wiring between Church and Mohawk Street. The project will also include the installation of a new double crossover track, which will make future service interruptions less disruptive to passengers, improving safety and overall efficiency.

 

This construction is a part of the state funded multimillion-dollar project secured by Governor Kathy Hochul and Senator Tim Kennedy to improve the infrastructure of the Metro Rail system.

 

 Future work will include major updates to track beds near Humboldt Hospital Station, and renovations to Church Street Station.

 

“This is something we’ve had in the plans for years and we’re excited to have reached this next stage,” said James Morrell Director of Public Transit. “Our Delevan Station is a beautiful example of what’s to come and while there’s still a long road of work ahead, we’ve made an enormous amount of progress.”

 

This process of rail renewal will cause an extended period of single tracking for Metro Rail. Riders can visit https://metro.nfta.com/schedules/single-tracking for scheduling information.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in December.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Buffalo Niagara International Airport Fire Department is looking for dedicated individuals to join our elite firefighting unit.

 

Applications for the 2023 BNIA Fire Department exam are live at https://www.nfta.com/fire

Full-time positions are available with a guarantee of 48 hours per week for this specialized team that responds to all aviation-related incidents.

There are no residency requirements to join the BNIA Fire Department, and recruits receive a comprehensive health benefits package, are eligible for student loan forgiveness, and receive paid time off, vacation, personal, and sick time.

Additional benefits include longevity pay and additional payment for annual EMT certification.

Applications with a $25 certified check, money order, or personal check payable to the NFTA can be mailed or dropped off at 181 Ellicott St. Buffalo, N.Y. 14203.

The date of the written exam is September 9.  Applications must be received by August 18.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

An air quality alert is in effect for Western New York from Tuesday June 27 until Wednesday June 28 at midnight due to wildfire smoke from Canada. Please limit outdoor activities and consider wearing a mask. The NFTA will continue to help spread the word to ensure the safety of our riders and the public.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is happy to announce the return of the Parks Adventure Bus. The NFTA is thrilled to bring the service back for a second year thanks to partnerships with the New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Erie County Parks Department, the Department of Environmental Conservation and Senator Tim Kennedy.

Starting Saturday, June 17th, the NFTA will offer free bus service to nine of Western New York’s most popular parks.

In 2022, the Parks Adventure Bus connected more than 550 Western New Yorkers to area parks.

 

New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “New York State Parks is proud and happy to partner once again with the NFTA to offer the Parks Adventure Bus this summer. We look forward to welcoming riders to our participating parks and witnessing their delight in seeing our special landscapes, many for the first time. State Parks is grateful to the NFTA for their work to make this happen once again.” 

 

Western New York has many beautiful outdoor spaces, and this program will provide riders   with much-needed access to some of its best recreation destinations.

 

"By offering this unique service, the NFTA is streamlining accessibility to adventure and the many great parks and beaches our region has to offer," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "I'm proud to partner with them to help Western New Yorkers truly experience our great outdoors this summer."

Service will begin June 17th and every Saturday through August 5, with a possible make-up day on Saturday, August 12th, departing from the bus station in downtown Buffalo (181 Ellicott Street).

 

Parks served include:

  • Knox Farm State Park
  • Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Fort Niagara State Park
  • Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  • Como Lake Park
  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Akron Falls Park
  • Evangola State Park
  • Emery County Park

 

Trip Times:

Departing from the downtown bus station:

8:30 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:15 PM

Departing from the parks:

11:10 AM, 12:20 PM, 2:10 PM, 4:05 PM, 6:00 PM

 For more on paratransit service and select service in September and December, visit  Parks Adventure Bus.

 

BUFFALO, NY- The Niagara Frontier Transit Police are pleased to announce their participation in the 2023 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New York.

 

The Special Agent William M Fallon Memorial Leg begins Thursday, June 8. Around eight NFTA officers will run this year, with one designated as the guardian of the flame.

 

“We’ve had some officers participate in years past, but this is our first year running as a unit,” said aviation division Captain Lou Loubert. “It’s an honor to run alongside all of our fellow law enforcement officers and bring awareness to the ever-present need for acceptance and inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities.”

 

Participating NFTA officers will meet at 1404 Main Street at 10:30 A.M. The run will end at FBI Headquarters on Niagara Street and South Elmwood.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced its seasonal launch of Metro’s Trolley Bus Service to guests at participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels beginning Friday, May 26 through Sunday, October 29, 2023. Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, the Niagara Falls International Airport, and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Special trolley route stop signs indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. In downtown Niagara Falls, stops include the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and across from the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center at First Street and Rainbow Blvd. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Blvd., and Buffalo Avenue. In addition, stops are located along Pine Avenue, at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, and at several motels along Niagara Falls Blvd. and Little Italy. 

The Trolley Day Pass, supported by the Niagara Falls bed tax, allows guests of participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels free access to Metro’s trolley bus service and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie Counties. Participating hotels and motels will issue free trolley day passes through the Token Transit smartphone app this year. Guests will receive an email containing the free pass, which must be activated in the app before boarding a Metro bus. The pass allows hotel and motel guests to ride free all day wherever Metro service is available. In 2022, Metro trolleys served 31K+ passengers.

“We are excited to partner with the NFTA again this year for the Niagara Falls Trolley Bus Service. This service is an easy-to-use transportation option for hotel and motel guests wanting to travel to restaurants, shops, and attractions throughout the City of Niagara Falls, USA,” said Frank Strangio, President of the Niagara Falls Hotel Association and Owner of Wingate by Wyndham & Quality Inn Hotels. “We are looking forward to a busy tourist season this year, and Metro’s trolleys will provide great value for our city’s tourists and visitors.” 

“The NFTA’s trolley service provides an efficient transportation option for hotel and motel guests to easily move around the City of Niagara Falls and throughout Western New York,” said James Morrell, NFTA’s Director of Public Transit. “We look forward to serving the community’s transportation needs for the busy tourism season.” 

Operation hours are from 9 a.m. until midnight as follows: May 26-June 11, weekends only (Fri–Sun), June 12-September 24 (daily), and September 29-October 29, weekends only (Fri-Sun). All trolley route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, #NFTrolley, or upon visiting the Niagara USA Visitors Center at 10 Rainbow Blvd.

Those without a trolley day pass can ride the trolley by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $2, $1 for children (5-11 yrs.), seniors (65 yrs. and over), disabled, and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other Metro passes are also valid. Children four and younger ride free; limit to three children per fare-paying adult.